The Extended Guide to Christmas shopping in London

Christmas shopping in London is something else. Ever since I was little we would annually go to London for gift shopping. The family tradition brings back so many heart-warming memories that I attempt to uphold it as much as possible. Since I know London like the back of my hand, I can easily stuff all my favourite addresses, streets and shops into a 72 hours shopping itinerary and build in some sightseeing and high-tea-ing on the side. Because seriously, can one ever get enough of seeing the … [Read more...]

Christmas lights and decorations in London

No European city does Christmas illuminations and decorations like London does. As the British capital gets ready for Christmas and the festive season, it also transforms into a magical and sparkling site that bedazzles locals and tourists alike. The twinkling lights in the streets, the storybook shop windows and the festive decorations wrap the city in a joyous and enchanting ambiance. Discover the magical light and decorations in my video (2.30 min) and read on to find out my go to list to … [Read more...]

London shopping guide: Islington

Sometimes I totally forget to blog about experiences I had that might spark your interest. Like my short city trip to London earlier this year. Each time I go to London, I try to explore a different part of the city and go a bit of the beaten track. I've been to London so many times, that I don't bother visiting the touristic places anymore, nor the high street (Oxford st), unless I have time left or need something from a particular store. But that is hardly ever the case, since there is so much … [Read more...]

Must-visit: The Savage Beauty exhibition in London

If you do anything this spring/summer while in London, go to the Victoria & Albert Museum to see the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition. It is hands down the best (fashion) exhibition I have ever been to. The Savage Beauty exhibition, that runs till August 2nd 2015, celebrates the work and vision of fashion designer McQueen who is famed for his creativity, inovative designs and challenging boundaries of art and fashion. His work, curated by the museum's senior curator Claire Wilcox, … [Read more...]

London hot spot: Restaurant Spring

Tucked away in the new wing of the 19th century iconic London Somerset House, the newly opened restaurant Spring is a treat for the palette and the eye. Australian expat chef cook Skye Gynell's restaurant is all about seasonal dishes served in an elegant interior. The food is inspired by nature, with the best produce and plucks from biodynamic farms. A warm and inspiring spot to meet for lunch or dinner. The interior was designed by her sister Briony Fitzgerald. In the light-filled 'winter' … [Read more...]

Hotel to Heart: Motel One London Tower-Hill

London is my favourite weekend getaway or short city-trip destination. And although it's only a 45 minute flight and highly affordable to fly there, the strong sterling pound, and hotel expenses keep me from going there more than once a year. If it wasn't for that, I would be there at least every three months. But now I have found a hotel that might be a game changer. The hotel Motel One London Tower-Hill is so affordable and up to my standards of elegance and comfort, that I might go to London … [Read more...]

London shopping guide: Jonathan Adler

We continue our shopping itinerary in Chelsea today with the Jonathan Adler store on 60 Sloane Avenue. To interior design lovers, and Americans a well-known name. Jonathan Adler is an American interior design legend, potter, and author.  Jonathan Adler launched his first ceramic collection in 1994 at Barneys New York. Five years later he expanded into home furnishings, opening his first namesake boutique in Manhattan. Today, Jonathan Adler has over 20 stores worldwide. The brand offers … [Read more...]